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1. In MS Internet Explorer, it is recommended that "Compatability View"
be used, even with IE8, 9, or 10. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. are indeterminate at this time. Let the Webmaster know about anomalies you may find.

ALSO - Very Important: Browsers cache web pages. This means they store a copy of a web page on your local computer so they can present it to you quickly when you revisit a site. In other words, they don't go to the site host and request a fresh page. This is bad if the site is being updated occasionally, as ours is. The result: You go to NOCCC and see old data. The solution: Left click anywhere in the page, then right click and request REFRESH, or something equivalent. Another solution: You may be able to turn off caching by changing preferences.

2. Guidelines for writing reviews.

3. How many browsers are there? 5 or 10? Actually, there are around 80 !!!
Click here to see them.

4. The Login Page uses cookies to remember if a user is logged in or not. Cookies exist on client machines, such as your personal computer. They are implemented as small files that the browser maintains. From my experience, the location of them on your hard disk seems to vary from browser to browser. Users are not given access to them unless you want to delete all of them (browser preferences) or want to alter the kind of cookie a browser will accept. We recommend accepting first party, but denying third party, cookies. Why? It takes a bit of explaining. So, if you want to log in and get access to the Members Page, keep first party cookies enabled.

5. Sometines an underline is just an underline, not a hyperlink. How would one know? Put the mouse cursor on the text being underlined. If the cursor doesn't change to something like a "hand", it's just an underline being used for emphasis. If the cursor changes appearance, it's a link and the status bar at the bottom of screen may show you where the link will take you.

6. HTML 5 is now being implemented in many browsers. This is one reason you should keep your browsers up to date. Why ? Because current web site designers are using new features that weren't in HTML 4.1, and you could miss out on some cool feature of the site you're visiting. But, how would you know if your favorite browser supported HTML 5? And, specifically, is the "canvas" tag of HTML 5 supported? That's what we're here for.

The adjacent icon uses the canvas tag to achieve animation without resorting to Adobe's Flash. As you probably know, Apple has refused to support Flash in their computers and smart phones. Personally, I like Flash;
Your older browser doesn't support HTML5 Canvas.
I thought it would become an industry standard. However, while it didn't cost any money to use it as a consumer (because the Flash player is/was given away for free), it cost developers more than a few kopecks. And, it took up a good sized chunk of memory for the player. Like all HTML's, HTML 5 is free to both developer and consumer. However, there is a steep learning curve for both products.

So, if you see an animated icon above for the club in your browser, you have HTML 5. If not, you just might want to update your browser. Watch for it's one and only trick. According to my unscientific and most casual observer viewpoint tests for Windows 7, the following browsers support this animated icon: IE 10, Firefox 22.0, Opera 12.15, Safari 5.1.5, and Chrome 28.0. Other earlier browsers may also support HTML 5 Canvas. Finally, with any version of IE, if the rotating icon is not seen, be sure to try compatibility mode.